November 17, 2016
The undergraduate Public Health Club, in collaboration with Amherst-based Opportunities for Communities, Inc., recently hosted a benefit concert for Haitian children. Boston reggae band Toussaint Liberator and The Naya Rockers performed at the event held on Nov. 16 in the Student Union Ballroom on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.
All proceeds from the event benefited indentured servants and “restavek” children of Haiti. The term restavek comes from the French “rester avec,” meaning to stay with. It refers to Haitian children sent by their parents to work for a host household as a domestic servant because the birth parents lack the resources to support the child.
Opportunities for Communities is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the lives of Haiti’s Restavek children through education and economic development. It has built a six-classroom school serving 180 children in Les Cayes, Haiti, and provides experiential learning opportunities to young people in western Massachusetts.